Thursday, December 10, 2009

National Guard celebrates 373 years of protecting states, citizens

Above: Director of the National Guard Bureau, Gen. Craig McKinley, wishes the National Guard a very happy birthday!

The United States is a relatively young country, but four of the world's oldest military organizations are our country's National Guard.

The National Guard is celebrating its 373rd birthday this year. On Dec. 13, 1636, the Massachusetts Bay Colony divided its citizen-soldiers, or militia, into the North, South and East Regiments.

The Massachusetts Bay Colony was seven years old in 1636. About 5,000 men, women and children had made the two-month journey to the New World, leaving the relative comfort and safety of England.

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Posted by Tech. Sgt. Nick Choy,
Oregon National Guard Social Media Manager

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